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Monday, February 11, 2013

Using a Birdcage Card Holder - Wedding Reception Designed

Scrolling Heart Birdcage Card HolderWith the spring season approaching, and the huge number of outdoor weddings being planned over the next few months, there are a lot of extremely adorable decorations available to the bride.  Weddings today are becoming cuter than ever before as new trends come into popularity.  There are things that people used to be worried about that aren’t a worry anymore - and other beautiful things that have come about because there used to be a worry.
 
At your wedding, you will find that a fairly large number of your guests don’t actually visit your registry, but rather bring you a card with some cash or a gift card stuffed inside.  For a lot of brides, this is actually preferred - that way you and your new husband can choose the exact items that you want in your home, and don’t have to risk people thinking that they know you well enough to pick something out that you will love.  The worry in the past has been that there is no place for cards to sit on the table.  The gift table might look cluttered if the cards are allowed to sit loosely across the table.  Some brides place a basic basket on the table intended for cards, but this doesn’t always match your theme.  If you are a spring bride, there is a good chance that your wedding will be decorated with gorgeous blooming flowers and other parts of nature.  With a birdcage card holder, wedding receptions have an added bit of vintage glamor - and a perfect place for cards to be placed throughout the celebration.
  
Reception Gift Card HolderAn additional benefit of using a birdcage card holder is that it locks.  You generally don’t have to worry about people stealing things off of your gift table - but this might be a concern for some brides.  When people see a lone card on the table, they can guess that there is either cash or a gift card inside, and that might be tempting to them.  Or if there is no worry for sticky fingers at your wedding, you may worry about small curious children swiping them off the gift table to play.  With a birdcage card holder, wedding reception cards and cash are locked safely away from any curious hands.  While you certainly don’t have to use the lock that generally comes with these bird cage card holders, it might make you feel better knowing that those things are locked up and that you hold the key.  
 
Take advantage of the gorgeous and functional decorations that are available to brides these days! This is a great time to get married because there is so much available to you - right at your fingertips.  Make your wedding as perfect as you have always wanted it to be! Visit Wedding Staples today to purchase a gift card holder for your special day.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Wedding Trend: Do-It-Yourself Invitations

DIY Purple & Ivory Flourish Invitations KitThe average couple spends over $650 on wedding invitations alone, which is quite an expense for crafty paper. Who wouldn’t rather spend some of that money on other things, like decorations, photography, or the honeymoon? With do-it-yourself invitations you can not only save money, but also create one-of-a-kind invitations that your guests will ogle over.

Do-it-yourself wedding invitations are significantly less costly than custom printed invitations, which can cost around $9 per invitation! DIY invitations cost around $1 each, a significant difference. Just imagine what you could use the extra money for…

In addition to being less expensive, DIY wedding invitations let you personalize the piece for a look that’s uniquely yours. Your custom invitations can include photos and wording that you choose, and you can print them with any font you want. For the scrapbooking bride, this can be a great opportunity to put your skills to use.

So you’re not crafty, you say? Do-it-yourself wedding invitation kits are easy to find, as well as easy-to use. Most come with or provide links to software that you can use to design your personalized invitations to your special day. These programs make creating beautiful designs simple, even for the artistically-challenged. These kits come complete with all the paper and envelopes you’ll need to print your very own wedding invitations and response cards.

DIY Aqua Flourish Invitations KitYour invitations are a first-impression of sorts, and everyone knows the importance of first impressions. Your wedding invitations should accurately portray who you and your soon-to-be spouse are as individuals and as a couple. By creating your own invitations, you can use your own styles and preferences to send a message to your family and friends. DIY wedding invitations allow you to branch out from the strict regulations of many professional printers and express yourselves the way you want to be perceived. It’s your special day, and your invitations should be about you, not about what the stationery store says you have to print on them.

Visit Wedding Staples for a full selection of DIY Wedding Invitation Kits, Program Paper, and other accessories. Wedding Staples is a one-stop-shop for all your wedding planning needs. Browse our best-selling products and categories to find the perfect wedding d├ęcor today!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Wedding Tradition, Cake Toppers are the 'Cherry on Top'

Lettered Rhinestone Crystal Cake ToppersIndisputably, the finishing touch on any wedding cake is the topper. This seemingly simple addition to your confectionary masterpiece is an essential part of not only your wedding cake but your wedding day as a whole.

The tradition of placing a decoration on top of the wedding cake started in the eighteenth century, when couples began putting wooden figurines on top of their cake to symbolize unflinching devotion to one another. These wooden figurines gave way to more modern plastic replicas of the bride and groom.

Square Glass Photo VaseToday, figurines are still popular among many couples, but with many options out there, more and more people are choosing alternative cake toppers. The possibilities are nearly endless for what can function as your wedding cake topper. Your wedding should be focused on you and your new spouse, and your cake topper should reflect your styles and personalities, as well as your wedding theme.

There are no limitations on wedding cake toppers, however, there are some topper alternatives that are more popular than others. For example, a trend that is growing in popularity is using the couple’s new monogram as the cake topper, with simple or ornate letters stuck into the top tier of the cake.
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Another popular idea is to set a lightweight vase on top of the cake, and use flowers to mirror those of the other centerpieces at the reception. It is important that your vase not be too heavy, or it may sink into the cake!

Photos make a popular cake topper as well. With photo cubes and unique frames, you can have a picture of you and your new spouse as the focal point on your cake.

Elegance Wedding Cake TopperWith the many options available (these are just a few) there is no reason for your wedding cake to be boring! Remember that your cake topper, just like the whole day, is about more than just ribbons and bows, it’s about starting a new life with a person that you love.

Visit Wedding Staples for a full selection of alternative wedding cake toppers. Wedding Staples is a one-stop-shop for all your wedding planning needs--whether you’re the planner or the bride or both--Wedding Staples is the only online store you need to find the perfect wedding and reception decor and accessories.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Wedding Garters are More Than Accessories


Sparkling Entwined Wedding GarterWedding garters, and subsequently the wedding garter toss, is a tradition that has been carried out for centuries, but its practices and rituals have differed through different civilizations and different times.

In ancient times it was believed that a bride’s clothing would bring good luck to anyone who got a hold of it. This became a little upsetting to the bride, since her guests would demolish her dress in order to have a piece of it, and its presumed fortune.

Obviously over time, this tradition began to change. Soon the good fortune, it was only associated with the bride’s garter, which guests would fight over. This too turned out to be dangerous, as the bride would often be knocked over by drunken male guests trying to remove her garter. In current times, only the groom removes the garter, and then tosses it to the unmarried male wedding guests.
Blue Pearl Adjustable Wedding GarterOf course this all is based on the process, but the tradition itself is steeped in symbolism. It’s an iconic emblem towards the surrender of the bride’s virginal girdle to the groom, the tossing away of a groom’s single life and embracing a married life, good luck for the guest lucky enough to catch the garter.

But why is the garter often blue, you ask? In several ancient cultures, the color blue was considered symbolic of wealth and prosperity, so both the bride and groom would have a blue band around the bottom of their garments. As style and tradition have changed, so has this custom, so that now the garter is often blue.

The most common garter practices involve two garters: one that is tossed away, and another above it that is for the bride to keep as a memento. These garters are a valuable keepsake, and can be kept as a reminder of your special wedding day for years to come.

So, whether you wear a garter out of tradition, duty or simply for fun, know that it can be tailored to you and an extremely fun part of the reception.

Visit Wedding Staples to shop for a full selection of wedding garters in a variety colors and styles, many with the option of complimentary personalization. Wedding Staples is a one-stop-shop for all your wedding planning needs. Browse our best-selling products and categories to find the perfect decor and accessories for your wedding today!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

How to Make a Bridal Veil

Making your own bridal veil is easier than you may think. To get started, you will need the following materials; all of these items can be found at an art supply store or a fabric shop.

1. Tulle in 108" width - Tulle is sometimes referred to as "bridal illusion". Tulle is recommended because it requires no finishing. You can use other fabric, but you'll have to finish the raw edges. The length of tulle needed depends on your height and the style of veil. Use the following guidelines to get the perfect length, keep in mind you may want to purchase extra: Shoulder Length ("blusher") 18" - 24", Waist Length 30", Fingertip Length 38" - 40", Floor Length ("chapel") 60" - 72", Cathedral Length 108" or longer.

2. Needle and Sturdy Thread - Make sure the thread color matches that of your tulle.

3. Fabric Scissors

4. Dressmaker's chalk or a soft pencil

5. Weighted objects such as books - These will be used to anchor the tulle while you work with it.

6. An Attachment - This is a mechanism such as a comb, clip or headband that will be used to secure the veil.

7. Adhesive - This can be either a hot glue gun, glue sticks or fabric`glue.

8. Decorative Elements - Items such as pearls, beads, sequins and crystal can be used to make your veil beautiful and one of a kind.

To get started on making your veil, lay the tulle on a clean, flat surface. Fold the tulle in half lengthwise, and place weighted objects along its edges to keep it still. Use the dressmaker's chalk trace a curve along the bottom edge of the tulle. Use the fabric shears to cut along the line you drew, then unfold the tulle.
Next take the needle and thread, and sew the top straight edge using a running stitch across the entire length. Once you have reached the other end and stitched across the full length of the top edge of your veil, you want to cinch the two outer edges together by pulling the thread out and pushing the tulle in. After the tulle is cinched, knot the open end of the thread securely and cut off the excess. This step is important because it will make the top of your veil small enough to fit securely on your attachment comb or headband. The next step is to glue or sew the top of your veil to the attachment mechanism.

The structure of your veil is now complete, the final step is to decorate it! This is your chance to be creative and customize your veil. Save leftover material from your dress, if you have alterations, to decorate your veil; this will allow you to match your veil to your dress. You might also want to use a ribbon, fabric or extra beading to cover the comb or headband on your veil to make it look polished.

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

How to Address You Wedding Invitations

Gold Deckled Invitation KitAddressing your wedding invitations can be a tedious and time consuming task. It is best to start the process about 3 months before your wedding date, and possibly earlier if you are using a calligrapher or have a guest list above 200. If you are not planning on using a calligrapher, it is appropriate to ask your bridal party for help with addressing your wedding invitations. This can be done in a party format, where you serve snacks and beverages. You can also ask your wedding consultant for help with this task.

There are typically 2 types of envelopes that need to be addressed in a wedding invitation, an outer envelope with a guest name(s) and full mailing address, and a smaller inner envelope with only the guest name(s). The inner envelope, which fits inside the outer envelope, remains unsealed and is positioned with the flap away from the person inserting. The inner envelope contains the wedding invitation and all of its enclosures facing the back flap.

The following details are a guide for addressing the inner and outer envelopes of your wedding invitations for your different guests.

Husband and Wife with the Same Surname

Inner Envelope
Mr. and Mrs. Smith

Outer Envelope
Mr. and Mrs. John Smith

Husband and Wife with Different Surnames

Inner Envelope
Ms. Johnson and Mr. Smith (wife's name first)

Outer Envelope (wife's name and title first)
Ms. Emily Johnson
Mr. John Smith

Husband and Wife with Children Under 16 Years of Age

Inner Envelope (list children in age order)
Mr. and Mrs. Smith
John, Richard, and Mary

Outer Envelope
Mr. and Mrs. John Smith

Single Woman of Any Age

Inner Envelope
Miss/Ms. Johnson

Outer Envelope
Miss/Ms. Emily Johnson

Single Woman with Guest

Inner Envelope
Miss/Ms. Johnson
Mr. Smith or "and Guest"

Outer Envelope
Miss/Ms. Emily Smith

Single Man

Inner Envelope
Mr. Smith

Outer Envelope
Mr. John Smith

Single Man with Guest


Inner Envelope
Mr. Smith
Miss/Ms. Johnson or "and Guest"

Outer Envelope
Mr. John Smith

Unmarried Couple Living Together

Inner Envelope (list names alphabetically)
Ms. Johnson and Mr. Smith

Outer Envelope
Ms. Emily Johnson
Mr. John Smith

Two Sisters Over 16 Years of Age

Inner Envelope
The Misses Johnson

Outer Envelope (list names in age order)
The Misses Emily and Elizabeth Johnson

Two Brothers Over 16 Years of Age

Inner Envelope
The Messrs. Smith

Outer Envelope (list names in age order)
The Messrs. John and Michael Smith

Brothers and Sisters Over 16 Years of Age

Inner Envelope (list girls in age order first, then boys in age order)
Mary, Jane, John and Richard

Outer Envelope (list girls first)
The Misses Smith
The Messrs. Smith

Widow

Inner Envelope
Mrs. Smith

Outer Envelope
Mrs. John Smith

Divorcee

Inner Envelope 
Mrs. Smith

Outer Envelope (list maiden name first, then former husband's surname)
Mrs. Johnson Smith

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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Wedding Toasts and Selecting the Perfect Bride and Groom Wedding Champagne Glasses

Toasting Champagne Flutes in a Vase & Cake Server SetSpeeches and toasts are a key component of any wedding reception. Classic wedding toasts are often rousing, funny, thoughtful and sentimental. As you are planning the sequence of events at your wedding reception, keep in mind that you will want to allow time for at least one of the following toasts.

The Best Man's Toast: The best man's toast is a wedding staple. If you only want one speaker at your wedding, it should be the best man. The best man should try to make people laugh a little bit, and maybe even cry, as he talks about how much he loves the couple and adds some wise thoughts and hope for their future.

The Maid of Honor's Toast: It has never been traditional for the maid of honor to speak at a wedding, however, it's becoming increasingly common for both the best man and the maid of honor to offer a toast. The maid of honor's toast is similar to that of the best man, but may include some unique anecdotes about the couple.

The Parents: If the bride's father pays for the wedding, as the host he should offer a brief toast to welcome everyone and thank them for attending. If both families contributed to the wedding expenses, both sets of parents may stand together as one of them offers a welcome on behalf of all of them. If the couple has paid for the wedding entirely, then they can give a welcome without toasting.

The Bride and Groom: This should be a brief speech, that allows the couple a chance to thank everyone for coming, and to thank their family and friends for their love and support.

Bride & Groom Love Champagne FlutesBe sure to ask anyone you would like to speak at your wedding far in advanced. This will allow your speakers time to prepare their toasts and practice orating. You might also want to request that they bring a hard copy of their speech with them to your reception, so that each speaker has something to reference.

You will also want to invest in a nice pair of champagne glasses for your wedding reception. Bride and groom champagne glasses are a traditional part of most wedding celebrations. These glasses make wonderful keepsakes that can be used in anniversary celebrations for years to come. These are sometimes thought of basic and traditional, but modern bride and groom champagne glasses come in many styles and themes to provide the perfect accent to the rest of the wedding reception decor.

As you are preparing for your wedding day, be sure to visit Wedding Staples! Wedding Staples is a one-stop-shop for all your wedding planning needs. Whether you need a few last minute wedding gift table decorations or everything from bridesmaids gifts and cake toppers to ring pillows and unity candles, you'll find everything you need for your dream wedding in our selection.